The video of course suggests the blog is about Hurricane Sandy but it’s not really. It’s more about relationship building and networking. Two years before Sandy happened, an adorable British family stayed with us at the Victorian Motel. I mean it is just delightful to hear the little one’s chatting away with their British accents. Get the picture?
Striking up conversations comes easily to me. So does building relationships. It didn’t matter to me at the time that this guest happened to be, Simon Wilson, the Washington D.C. Bureau Chief for the British Broadcasting Corporation. Beside discussing our twitter presence, it didn’t go further. We did the customary exchange of pleasantries, I was working and he was on vacation, so not much shop talk. Yes, we did follow each other on twitter.
Other than a nice review on TripAdvisor and reading about his assignments after vacation, we never really connected after his stay with us. That is until Hurricane Sandy put Cape May in her cross hairs.
Tweeting from Cape May about the impending storm and the town’s preparation caught the attention of the BBC. Remember that guest from two years earlier? He’s on the phone.
How would I like to be the point of information for the BBC? Me? “Yes, we would like to set up Skype interviews with you during the storm”, he said. And so it happened. Three times during the storm I was broadcast via my laptop in to an untold number of living rooms throughout the United Kingdom. Pretty cool. Not just from a news perspective, but from a tourism point of view.
Moral of the story, is that no matter how brief our interactions may be, we don’t know what impact they will have down the road. My prompt for this post was a conversation with a current guest, Terri Johnson a writer for the South Hills Almanac, near Pittsburgh. Terri reads my blog to keep up on Cape May. She mentioned connecting with people while on vacation that read her in the paper back home. We both agreed we never really know what impact we will have on our readers at the time. And for me, the relationships we have go beyond the present moment and return in ways we can’t predict.